The Hedonists
The Hedonists
The Hedonists, © Hong Kong International Film Festival (2016)

ACMI presents

The Hedonists


Jia Zhangke | China | 2016 | Unclassified (All Ages)

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Thu 8 Feb 2024

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As three unemployed coal miners re-enter the job market, they discover a very different China from the one they knew.

The Hedonists is vibrant, gorgeously shot (by cinematographer Yu Likwai), and gently tragic.

Annabel Brady-Brown (IndieWire)

In the Shanxi province of China, the workers of a rundown coalmine receive bad news: the mine is closing and all workers will be laid off. With braised pork as their severance pay, three miners set off to find new jobs in a newly transformed China.

Curator's Note

Dynamically shot by cinematographer Nelson Yu, who has been a career-long collaborator of Jia Zhangke, The Hedonists is a film imbued with that very dynamicism: tonally, narratively, and politically.

Opening with Jia's signature realism activated by security camera footage and sequences at a grim coal mine, the film soon takes viewers in unexpected directions leaning into comedy and almost absurdism in parts. The film lands a long way from where it begins, encapsulating the rapid change in contemporary China and its lasting impact on its people.

Reece Goodwin, Curator (Film & TV)

Format: DCP
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Source: Hong Kong International Film Festival
Courtesy: Hong Kong International Film Festival
Runtime: 25 mins

Event duration

25 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)

Contains infrequent and mild, coarse language


Free (bookings recommended)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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